Yes, you read that right: Larkburger. When my friend suggested we go there, I said, “Excuse, me? Did you forget who you were with?!” She assured me that they offer a mushroom burger and that basically I need to shut up and eat. I will like it. Hmpf. Ok, fine.
Larkburger is a Colorado-based burger joint with stores in Boulder, Edwards, Denver, and Fort Collins. So sure enough, on the menu is Amy’s Burger, a portabello mushroom burger with lettuce, tomato and grilled onions. Larkburger is also famous for their truffle oil fries, so as you can imagine, I didn’t need much convincing to get those (just sans Parmesan). As we waited for our food, I got a good look around . . .
So get this: the very woodsy interior is made of all reclaimed timber. Not only that, but 100% of the restaurant is run by wind power. How cool is that? It doesn’t end there. All of the cups and containers are made from a biodegradable corn-based product and the “Spudware” is made from potato and/or cornstarch. Everything is compost-able. They use energy-efficient commercial equipment, and even their leftover canola oil is used for automobile fuel. Pretty impressive. (So impressive, I can overlook the fact that the beef industry is one of the BIGGEST contributors to global destruction). You don’t see many businesses and restaurants doing their part like this, so I have to commend Larkburger. So on to the food! (which they say is made with 100% natural ingredients and no additives or preservatives). Oh, and they also offer gluten-free buns. So . . .was this mushroom burger really any good?
Yes. I was hungry, but I don’t think I’ve ever eaten anything so fast. Plus, it was hard to put down since they come in a little pocket—you have to pretty much scarf it down with one hand, while stuffing the delicious fries in your mouth with the other hand. Best $9.89 I’ve spent on food at restaurant of this type. The service was great, too. My friend had only gotten half a cup of iced tea before the machine went on the fritz (must have been a low-wind day). So they gave her a free milkshake. Nice . . . if you’re into that kind of thing.
Thanks Larkburger for your environmental work and for a fabulous mushroom burger!